Great White Shark following Kayak poster

Posted By on March 27, 2008

Great White tails a Kayak
This is an older photo that was published in African Geographic in December 2006, but I saw it framed on an office wall and thought it was pretty cool. Can you imagine Kayaking and being tailed by an interested Great White Shark? (by the way … its real — click photo for larger scan or it is available here in poster form.)

I was suspicious as to it being real … so had to check it out myself. (see link)
Shark Kayak
This amazing photograph shows a great white shark trailing a man in a sea kayak. The photograph’s caption explains:

Sitting in a 3.8 meter sea kayak and watching a four meter great white approach you is a fairly tense experience.

Although some have doubted its authenticity, the photograph is genuine. It was taken from the September 2005 issue of Africa Geographic. The article details a study of Great White Sharks in South Africa by biologists Michael C. Scholl and Thomas P. Peschak. Kayaks were used to study the sharks because, unlike the motorized research vessel, they could manoeuvre more easily in shallow or treacherous water and had no engine noise to disturb the sharks’ natural behaviours. The authors explain more about the incident shown in the photograph:

Although we had extensively tested the sharks’ reactions to an empty kayak and had observed no signs of aggression, this gave us little comfort as we eyed a great white heading straight for us, albeit slowly. Just a metre or so from the craft it veered off, circled and slowly approached from behind. It did this several times, occasionally lifting its head out of the water to get a better look. Then it lost interest, and as it continued on its way we were able to follow a short distance behind. Once we’d come to terms with having nothing between ourselves and a four-metre shark except a thin layer of plastic, our kayak made an ideal research platform for observing great white behaviour in shallow water.

The article provides a very interesting insight into Great White Sharks and includes a number of other excellent photographs.

Sharky Shores


  • Cleveland Browns Fan

    Just reviewing your last weeks of bloggings and thought this was nearly unbelievable. I can’t imagine how hard a heart would be pounding. Great photos.

  • rex

    let the bugger eat him!

    •  Your a dickhead

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  • Magnificent creatures sharks, one of my dreams is to try cage diving with great whites!

  • Sam Adams

    You must be photoshop fooled … or this guy is a FOOL.

    • no one

      speak ENGLISH

  • Aaron Walker

    Rather a captivating and emotional photo.

  • Joseph Subia

    I read the photographer’s story behind the pic.It’s real. I use CS4 Adobe Photoshop. That photo could not be manipulated without it being obvious.

  • southerengirl

    ok i love the mystery of great whites and they really do fasinate me but…GET OUT OF THE WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alaina Salameh

    i would just let the shark eat me if i wuz tht guy.!!!

  • Yazzy!

    Wow! That’d be a terrifying moment! Honestly, I’d be freaking out and literally paddling until my arms fell off. 😉

  • Stiil my greatest fear,being eaten by one of those badboys.

  • Enfield1964

    I saw it and the man never new the shark was there. I’m just glad the guys alive. You should be too 🙂 . For the people that say it should eat him, just image yourself in his place and his family worrying that he might of not came back too shore 🙁

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